The OIG administers the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO) to promote:

  • cost-effective, ethical, and modern purchasing practices,
  • dialogue and exchange of ideas and best practices among procurement officials,
  • stewardship of resources in the public's interest, and
  • compliance with Massachusetts contracting laws.

In short, the training program is designed to develop the capacity of public purchasing officials to operate effectively and promote excellence in public procurement. 

MCPPO Registration Form  pdf format of MCPPO Registration Form

The Office has issued a printable copy of the current MCPPO Registration Form, including a list of seminars, dates, locations and costs. 

MCPPO Background & History

In 1997, the office created the MCPPO program. Since then, over 6,000 participants consisting of town, city and state employees, as well as members of the private sector, have attended MCPPO courses and presentations.

MCPPO Designation

There are currently six (6) MCPPO designations.  The designations are widely recognized by local jurisdictions in Massachusetts as indication that you are familiar with Massachusetts procurement practices. More ...

MCPPO Recertification

Every individual who has attained an MCPPO designation will be required to earn at least 25 continuing education credits during the three year period following his/her designation date and every three years thereafter, in order to maintain his or her MCPPO designation. More ...

MCPPO Certification

If a participant is not eligible for a MCPPO designation or simply wants to attend the seminars and courses for educational purposes or is a charter school administrator who serves as a school procurement official, the program offers a certificate of completion. More ...